Economic analysis of air pollution from coal-fired power plants
Economic analysis of air pollution from coal-fired power plants The benefits of air-pollution-control techniques on a coal-fired power plant are simulated with a scientifically based environmental model. Air-pollution-abatement techniques are assessed in terms of their resource cost (measured in dollars) and their effectiveness in reducing environmental damage (measured in dollars and healthy days lost). Which air-pollution techniques are most efficient depend upon how much value is placed on a day of health. Other factors of potential interest, such as uncertainty and equity are also simulated through the model. The paper demonstrates that scientific evidence can be organized around economic principles in order to develop more-rational and -effective environmental policies. 2 figures, 4 tables, 24 references.
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